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Driven: Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid

The Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid is a supremely good car – but who is going to buy it?

From mid-morning to mid-afternoon, the new Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid was standing outside our house alongside our living-room windows. A 14-metre canary yellow cable snaked from the charging point in the car’s front nearside wing, through a half-closed window and down to a standard 13-amp socket. Nobody else was in the house that day so nobody was grumbling about the Arctic draught streaming in over the windowsill.

By 3.30pm, the flashing emerald light on the charging point had steadied to a constant beam, indicating that the lithium-ion battery was full. After supper, I decided to use the V60 solely on battery power to drive our older daughter to an evening class in our nearby town and then on to the supermarket in the outlying trading estate. I would collect her and drive her home after her lesson. The total distance of this round-trip was 10.6 miles. The roads are all semi-urban. I did not exceed the speed limits.

When we left, the battery indicator was showing 24 miles as the distance the car could run on electricity alone. When we got home, only eight miles’ charge was left.


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